Friday, August 24, 2012

American League Power Rankings: Week 20

There was quite a bit of movement in the rankings this week, including the Rangers and Yankees swapping spots once again, but that's not the big news.

No sir. I don't want to spoil what's happened, but it's not hard to figure out if you just look at the photo above.

Let's get to the rankings.

1. Texas Rangers (73-51): The Rangers spent the week like the Rangers have spent most of the season, going 5-2 while the Yankees were in Chicago getting swept. Much like the Rangers fell to second place after the White Sox swept them, the Yankees did the same this week. (2)

2. New York Yankees (72-52): Losing three in Chicago helped the Yankees finish the week 2-5 after taking a series from Boston last week. The Bombers probably shouldn't worry, though, as they get three games in Cleveland this weekend to wash the sweep out of their mouths. (1)

3. Tampa Bay Rays (70-55): The Rays are not the hottest team in the American League right now, but they're still playing pretty damn well. They went 6-1 last week and have now climbed from seventh to third in the power rankings in only two weeks. It's not that hard to climb four spots towards the bottom in these rankings, but to do it in the top five you have to be playing really well. (4)

4. Chicago White Sox (68-55): In reality the Sox drop a spot because Tampa is just playing so well. However, I'm going to blame this on being swept by the Royals last weekend. The gap between the Sox and the Rays isn't very big, and if the Sox win two games in Kansas City like they should they're likely still in third here. Not to mention they've got another game between them and Detroit. (3)

5. Detroit Tigers (67-57): The Tigers went 4-2 this week, and also just finished a sweep of their own against the Blue Jays. They get a series against a free-falling Angels team and then the Royals -- who don't pose Detroit nearly the same problem they pose the Sox -- before the real showdown begins next Friday at Comerica. (5)

6. Oakland Athletics (67-57): The Athletics dropped out of the top five down to eighth last week, but find themselves back in sixth after going 5-2. Losing Bartolo Colon for the rest of the season is going to hurt this club down the stretch, but how much I don't know. I mean, they aren't even supposed to be here in the first place. (8)

7. Los Angeles Angels (65-60): Has this team stopped its slide? After losing 13 of their first 18 games in August, they have won three in a row. Of course, those three wins came against a Boston team that's in worse shape, so who knows what they actually mean. (6)

8. Boston Red Sox (59-66): Simply put, the only reason the Red Sox are this high in the rankings is because their offensive numbers compare so well to the rest of the league. There is no other reason. (7)

9. Baltimore Orioles (67-57): Every week I mention how this team confuses me, but this week I'll just say that if they had swept Detroit last week I'd have awarded them bonus points and they wouldn't still be this low. But they didn't. So now they must suffer. (9)

10. Seattle Mariners (61-64): And here come the Mariners! Seriously, Seattle's won eight in a row and of course they bring that win streak to Chicago this week. Here's to hoping that Seattle has at least three losses between now and next week's rankings. Sadly for Seattle, despite the wins, their numbers from the first four and a half months from the season won't let them move up any further. (10)

11. Toronto Blue Jays (56-68): At least Toronto fans are getting to see so many of those prospects they've been told about up close and personal? (11)

12. Kansas City Royals (55-68): DO TO THE TIGERS WHAT YOU DO TO US. (12)

13. Minnesota Twins (51-73): You did it! You finally did it! You're out of last place! I have no idea how you did it, seeing as that you went 1-6 this week, but you really did it! Go crazy, Minnesota! Go crazy! (14)

14. Cleveland Indians (54-70): Oh, it's because the Indians went 0-6! (13)

Last week's rankings can be found here.

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